Lucille Hopkins Hodge, age 92, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, the 3rd of April 2013, while under hospice care at The Forum at Memorial Woods in Houston, Texas. After a lifetime living in Baton Rouge, she moved to Houston in 2009 to be with her three daughters. Lucille was born on the 23rd of October 1920, in Natchez, Mississippi, to Fenton McCullough Hopkins and Lucille Gibson Hopkins. She grew up on Oakwood Plantation in Tensas Parish, just outside of the tiny town of Waterproof, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity, hers was the second Pi Phi pledge class at LSU. She was active as a lifelong member. She served as a member of the Beta chapter house corporation that supervised construction of the fraternity house on the LSU campus. For several years, she served as president of the Pi Beta Phi House Corporation. Her Pi Phi relationships included membership in the Tarnished Arrows, a small group of Pi Phi alumni in Baton Rouge, who have remained close friends for four decades. Her community activities included serving as a docent at the LSU Rural Life Museum and membership in the P.E.O. sisterhood. A serious lover of opera, she has been a season ticket holder and supporter of Houston Grand Opera for more than 30 years. Equally important to her were the LSU Tigers. She is preceded in death by her husband, the late Benjamin Edward Hodge. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Virginia Hodge and Bruce Nichols, Shelby Hodge and Shafik I. Rifaat, Cathy Hodge and Len Kowitz; grandchildren: Ben Nichols, Catherine Nichols, Jeffrey Kowitz and wife Laurel and Kendra Kowitz Lee and husband Mike Lee; and great-grandchildren: Max Lee, Henry Lee and Eleanor Kowitz. An interment service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 6th of April, at Greenoaks Memorial Park, 9595 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge, with a reception for family and friends to follow at a venue announced during the service. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum, P.O. Box 14852, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898; or for nursing scholarships, with contributions directed to Geremie J. Loupe, Asst. Dean of Business Affairs, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 1900 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA, 70112 (kindly notate one's check as being in memory of Lucille Hopkins Hodge). Arrangements in Baton Rouge are with Greenoaks Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 225.925.5331. Arrangements in Houston were placed with Geo. H. Lewis & Sons - The Funeral Directors Since 1936, www.geohlewis.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2013